Manuals and guides

Whether you’re a manager, a fisherman, practitioner or any other fishery stakeholder, our manuals and supplemental guides will help chart your path to a more sustainable and profitable fishery. Our publications highlight how good rights-based management design and accompanying tools can address existing challenges and maximize potential benefits. Most importantly, these tools are not prescriptive; rather they offer a series of questions whose answers help guide and inform the catch share design process.

Design Manuals

Supplemental Guides

  • Science-Based Management of Data-Limited Fisheries: A Supplement to the Catch Share Design Manual 

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    The majority of fisheries worldwide lack sufficient data to conduct industry-standard stock assessments and a recent Science paper shows these fisheries are at serious risk. Due to this lack of data, more than 10,000 fisheries worldwide have been left out of recent advances in effective management. This guide outlines an approach for science-based management of fisheries, even in the absence of good data.

  • Transferable Effort Shares: A Supplement to the Catch Share Design Manual 

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    Transferable effort share programs are a type of rights-based management that share many key attributes of catch shares. While these programs don't provide all the benefits of catch shares, they are often used when fisheries lack key data and may be a useful stepping stone towards catch shares. Before ruling out catch shares due to data constraints, see our guide on data-limited fisheries (see above).

  • Eliminating Discards

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    The practice of discarding—or returning a portion of the catch, dead or alive, to the ocean before offloading—has been a wasteful issue in fisheries for decades. As such, discarding is a practice that many fishermen, fishery managers and environmental groups would like to avoid. This guide can help fishery stakeholders align incentives to reduce and potentially eliminate discards through considerations in the design of a secure fishing rights program.

  • Designing and Implementing Electronic Monitoring Systems for Fisheries

    Interest in the development of Electronic Monitoring (EM) programs for monitoring fisheries has been increasing rapidly over the last decade, resulting in some successful (and some unsuccessful) full scale implementations. This guide identifies 9 essential ‘elements of success’ from 20 EM case studies, a study of the literature, and interviews with key stakeholders, to provide a practical guide for the implementation of EM programs in fisheries around the world.

  • Technologies for Improving Fisheries Monitoring

    A key barrier to achieving successful fisheries management is the widespread lack of fisheries monitoring. This guide describes some of the major fishery monitoring challenges that can be addressed with current or soon-to-be available technology, the barriers to the uptake of monitoring technology, and a human-centered design process intended to identify and address these barriers in specific fisheries, increasing the likelihood that monitoring and enforcement programs will be adopted more widely.

En Español

  • Manual de Diseño de Manejo Compartido por Cuotas

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    Es una guía desarrollada exclusivamente por EDF que provee información especializada de diseño para programas de Manejo Compartido por Cuotas. Basado en la experiencia de alrededor de 30 expertos pesqueros de todo el mundo, con la finalidad de facilitar a cualquier persona interesada en el tema, un amplio panorama sobre las distintas opciones de un programa de cuotas y sobre cómo éstas pueden ser adaptadas a una gran variedad de pesquerías.